Lady Rebs, UC boys work best after break

Lady Rebs, UC boys work best after break
By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Messenger
Obion County Central’s girls made the second half of their game with Union City count. The Union City boys, meanwhile, made sure the night’s second game was not a repeat of the first.
The Lady Rebels had to overcome a five-point deficit at halftime and outscored the Lady Tornadoes 19-12 in the fourth period for a 63-53 win, while the Golden Tornadoes led by only a bucket at the half but then scored 39 points in the second half while holding the Rebels to 29 in a 65-53 win Saturday night at UC.
OC swept is season series with the Lady Tornadoes, while the two boys teams split for the season.
Both Central teams will travel to Dyersburg Tuesday for a District 13AA set, while Union City is at South Fulton to open up District 14A play for both squads.
OC 63, UC 53 (G)
The Lady Rebels (6-0) and Lady Twisters (4-4) went after each other for three full periods before OC was able to pull away in the fourth period.
Brandi Goodman led the fourth period surge with 10 of her game-high 28 points. She went 8-of-8 at the free throw line, drawing attention to herself and using a dominating presence under the basket to draw the fouls. She had 19 rebounds in the game to go along with her 28 points.
“Goodman is the only one we can use to match size with Union City, so she has to have a big game,” Lady Rebel head coach Lyle LaRue said. “We play several teams that have post players like Union City, and she steps up. She had an off-shooting night the night before so it was good to see her come back strong.”
With one minute to play in the third period, UC’s Jackie Hudson tied the game at 41-all with a strong move to the inside. Less than 30 seconds later, though, Goodman converted a 3-point play to put OC up by three at the end of the third period.
After eight ties and 10 lead changes through three periods, the Lady Tornadoes would get no closer to the Lady Rebels. Paige Hicks scored five of her 11 points in the fourth to go along with Goodman’s total to help OC extend its led in the final period.
Tory Reedy scored a team-high 17 for UC. Amber Fair scored 15 and Hudson added 11 for the Lady Tornadoes.
“I thought both teams played hard all night long,” UC skipper Eddie Suiter said. “The kids played hard in this rivalry game. It’s not a district game for either one of us, but a big rivalry for us. The difference for us was we made some poor shots and a few turnovers that allowed them to build up their lead.”
UC took the lead 27-26 with a Reedy basket under the rim and a moment later she extended the lead 30-27 with a 3-pointer. With the score 32-29, Fair nailed a 3-pointer of her own, and Hudson hit once from the free throw line to end the scoring of the first half and give UC a 36-31 advantage.
UC 65, OC 53 (B)
Much like the girls’ game, the nightcap was a fierce battle in the first half before the Twisters pulled away midway through the third period.
Big man Peyton Mosley used his size and strength under the rim on both ends of the court, and Tre Lewis used his quickness to lead the third period attack for the Tornadoes. Mosley scored seven of his 14 points, and Lewis popped in eight of his 14 points in the third period. LaMonte Dickerson scored a game-high 20 points for UC with 14 coming in the first half to help the Twisters keep pace with the Rebels.
“Overall, I think the difference in the two games that we played two weeks ago and tonight was the defense,” UC head coach Shane sisco said. “We played a much better position defense and did a much better job getting through their screens and contesting shooters and not fouling them.”
The Rebels attempted 14 shots from the line and made nine. Meanwhile, the Tornadoes made 20 of the 36 shots they attempted from the free throw line. Dickerson went 7-of-10 from the line for the Tornadoes. Shyheim Slayton was a perfect 4-of-4 for the Rebels from the charity stripe.
The Tornadoes came storming out in the second half and built up a nine-point lead on a Lewis 2-point jump shot. Lewis extended the lead 48-37 with another jumper. Marcus DeBerry made it a 13-point game at the end of the third with his fourth point of the game.
Mosley gave the Tornadoes their biggest lead of the game, a 17-point advantage with a strong move to the rim with 4:47 to play. Central cut the lead down to 13 on a pair of free throws by Drake Richards.
“We turned it over too many times, and we let them make a run in the third quarter that we could never recover from,” Rebel head man Bill Kail said. “We started to do things as individuals instead of as a team.
“We were averaging 75 points a game until tonight. Fifty-three is a long way to our average of 75, so we’ve got to get back to playing team ball and moving the ball around to get the open shot.”
Central was led Bryan Morris with 15 points.
OC’s girls will play at Liberty tonight, while both Rebel teams visit Ripley Friday and host the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday. Published in The Messenger 12.5.11

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